Last weekend, at a three-day conference in Washington, D.C., senior Naomi Ahsan and sophomore Grant He discussed how to go beyond religious tolerance and use faith as a unifying force to make a difference in the community.

The conference, held by the Interfaith Youth Core (IFYC), was attended by 100 college students from all 50 states. It is a part of the IFYC’s “Better Together” campaign, which seeks to unify people of different religious backgrounds under the common goal of community service.

“I believe that faith and religion in general are very powerful concepts,” He said. “The idea is that instead of the divisive force that they’re portrayed as in the media today, they can be used as a way of bringing people together and helping people.”

Ahsan agreed, adding that individuals who don’t practice any specific faith should have a spot at the table as well.

“People who don’t have an identifyable religion are often-times still very interested in this kind of service,” she said. “Morals exist outside of any one religious identity.”


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